Echuca footballers Dede Atkinson and Kiara Cooper have been selected to be part of the AFL Indigenous Female Youth team.By Geordie Cowan
Echuca footballers Dede Atkinson and Kiara Cooper will compete at the national championships next year.
The pair, who played in the Murray Bombers’ under 18 girls premiership win, have been selected in a 41-strong squad which will be known as the AFL Indigenous Female Youth team.
Selected by Chris Johnson and Xavier Clarke following an outstanding performance at the Female Indigenous Kickstart Championships, the inaugural team will compete in the National Female Youth Championships in April.
Held at Victoria Park in Melbourne recently, the five-day Kickstart Championships saw seven teams compete at an under 18 level in a round-robin tournament.
Cooper and Atkinson played in the Victorian side which made it to the grand final, before being defeated by Northern Territory by eight points in a tight contest.
Neva Atkinson said her daughter’s habits had completely changed since taking part in the championships.
‘‘She is now going for runs at 6am and has changed her diet,’’ she said of Dede.
‘‘It’s good, I’ll encourage her.
‘‘I’m happy to support her every time.’’
Shepparton’s Paige Baksh has also been selected in the squad.
AFL head of diversity Jason Mifsud said the AFL was growing the reach and impact with indigenous Australia.
The national championships and the indigenous youth team were the first targeted female indigenous strategies pursued to drive participation and talent outcomes, he said.
‘‘This will also enable the AFL to drive other social outcomes such as health, education, leadership and employment objectives with indigenous females,’’ he said.
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